Hampshire County Council

Executive Member-Spatial Strategy

11 November 2003

Off site transport contribution - Outline application for the erection of approximately 180 dwellings, Areas E and F, Kempshott Park, Beggarwood Lane, Basingstoke

Report of the Director of Environment

Item 5

Contact: Laura McCulloch, ext 6901 email: laura.mcculloch@hants.gov.uk

1. Summary

1.1 The following decisions are sought:

2. Reason

2.1 To secure an appropriate level of financial contribution towards the implementation of the Basingstoke Environmental Strategy for Transport (BEST).

3. Other Options Considered and Rejected

3.1 The County Council could opt not to enter into a legal Agreement. This option has been rejected as it would deny the Council the benefits of the off site transport contribution. A higher or lower level of transport contribution could have been considered, however the terms outlined in the report have been negotiated and agreed as appropriate by all parties.

4. Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Decision Maker or a Member or Officer consulted - None.

5. Dispensation granted by the Standards Committee - Not applicable.

6. Reason(s) for the Matter being dealt with if Urgent - Not applicable.

Approved by: Date:

Councillor J K Glen

7. Introduction

7.1 The site totals some 5.54 hectares and is part of the overall ongoing approved Beggarwood Lane development, which lies to the south of Basingstoke (see attached location plan).

7.2 An outline planning application has been submitted by Barratt and McAlpine Homes to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council which is the subject of this report. The site is currently vacant and the application is for the development of approximately 180 dwellings.

7.3 The Borough Council supports this form of development in this location, and has therefore resolved to grant approval, subject to the conclusion of appropriate legal Agreements.

7.4 The local Member, Councillor Heath, has raised no objection in principle to the proposals.

8. Transport Proposals

8.1 Access to the site will be gained from the new estate distributor road which will serve the whole of the Kempshott Park development. This distributor road will link the site to the recently constructed signalised junction on the A30 to the north-east of the golf club.

8.2 On-site cycleways will link with a network of cycleways achieved with funding from the development of the major part of the Kempshott Park site. The Kempshott Park development has also funded the provision of enhanced bus services which will serve the site.

8.3 The developer has agreed to make a financial contribution towards the implementation of BEST - to secure infrastructure improvements, to encourage alternative modes of transport, particularly in relation to the A30 corridor and the cycleway network to the town centre, and to improve highway safety.

8.4 The contribution will be spent in accordance with the requirements of BEST, PPG3, PPG13 and County Council policies which seek to reduce the dependency on the car and provide choice for alternative means of travel.

9. Financial Implications

9.1 In the event of planning permission being implemented the applicant has agreed to make a financial contribution of £435,000 towards the implementation of BEST - to secure infrastructure, to encourage alternative modes of transport, particularly in relation to the A30 corridor and the cycleway network to the town centre, and to improve highway safety.

Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background papers

The following documents disclose facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and has been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report.

NB the list excludes:

1.

Published works.

2.

Documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.

TITLE

LOCATION

Beggarwood Lane, Hatch Warren,

Basingstoke - File 6/3/1/153

Environment Department

Highways Development Control

8335/LMcC